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Stress may be harder on women's hearts than men's.

Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis shows that mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s. "Normally when under stress, we fight back or run away. In order to do that, we need to pump more blood to the body," said the study's senior author. "According to the data, women were not reacting that way as well as men were."

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Sugared soda consumption, cell aging associated.

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.

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Impact of sleep-disordered breathing on metabolic dysfunctions in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is rampant among women with PCOS, regardless of BMI. New research has shown that sleep-disordered breathing poses health risks of its own, independent of PCOS symptoms. Furthermore, researchers recomment that all women with PCOS should undergo an overnight polysomnogram to evaluate their sleep habits.

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Molecule that protects women's eggs identified

In order to be able to have a child, a woman needs eggs that can grow and mature. After fertilization, an embryo forms. During the maturation process, the egg goes through a number of stages of reductional division, called meiosis. If problems occur during any of these stages, the woman can become infertile. Researchers now discovered that the molecule Greatwall kinase is of great importance in order for the eggs of the female mouse to be able to complete the first phase and move on to the second meiotic division during the maturation of the egg.  Professor Liu believes it is highly likely that Greatwall kinase is important in the human egg maturation process. His group aims to carry out studies on human eggs as the next stage.

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals alter thyroid hormone activity during pregnancy, affect thyroid hormone activity

A new study in human placenta provides the strongest evidence to date that Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) can interfere with thyroid hormone action in pregnant women. The implication is that flame retardant chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can infiltrate the placenta during pregnancy and affect thyroid hormone activity at the cellular level, according to the study.

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